Author: Edward Lee
Publisher: Leisure Books
After being raped by her CO’s son and dishonorably discharged from the Air Force, Clare Prentiss ends up homeless for more than a year. Then someone handpicks her for the job of the century. She’s made head of security at a cancer research company in Florida, where she gets a great salary, company car, and a house on the beach. Naturally, nothing this good comes without a hitch. Almost as soon as she gets there, creepy things start happening. A crackhead is found raped and brutalized in the surrounding woods. Clare learns the entire security team (three people) mysteriously vanished–opening the job for her.
Edward Lee is a great story teller. He manages to keep the suspense up through the entire novel. There is a second story running concurrent with the first. I admit I kept wondering how Lee was going to connect the too. I was surprised. I’ll also say I was surprised by some of the twists Lee threw in.
While the ending surprised me, it came more like an “info dump” than an illumination to me as the reader. In that respect, I was a little disappointed. It felt a bit like Lee was getting near the 90,000-word mark and said, “Well, I better wrap this up.”
Could go either way:
This was not Edward Lee’s best work. For those looking for “erotic horror” like Lee’s “Flesh Gothic,” this will
disappoint. This book was good, but not great. Overall, I’m glad I read it. It was worth the money and time invested.